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Watch out: SIHH kickstarts 26th edition in Geneva

A total of 24 exhibitors are to make iconic debuts at the internationally acclaimed fair

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), regarded as the world’s most luxurious watch fair, has opened the doors to its 26th edition in Geneva on Monday.

During the event, which runs from January 18 to 22, thousands of manufacturers, retailers, journalists and other invite-only visitors will be the first to see the finest and latest creations from the world’s finest watchmakers.

Adding to the exclusivity of the event, only 15 brands are exhibiting at SIHH: Audmars Piguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.

In addition to these brands and for the first time in its history, SIHH is presenting Carré des Horlogers, a space dedicated to nine artisan or independent watchmakers that have been changing the dynamics of fine watchmaking. These are: Christophe Claret, De Bethune, H. Moser & Cie, Hautlence, HYT, Kari Voutilainen, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F and Urwerk.

Below are some of the most iconic debuts from SIHH’s exhibitors.

A. Lange & Söhne

The German brand has unveiled its new Saxonia model, which has been enhanced with a moon-phase display along with a subsidiary seconds sub-dial, positioned just between the dial’s center and six o’clock, and an over-sized date, set right below 12 o’clock, striking a visual balance.

The strikingly blue tone of lthe unar disc of the moon phase is created through a specially patented coating process.

Naturally, the watch features a split-segment view of the date, for units and tens, a display configuration that has become iconic for the brand.

On the inside, the new Saxonia runs on a self-winding caliber, A. Lange & Söhne’s 16th movement. It has a 72-hour power reserve.

The 40-mm case embraces a solid silver dial. It is available in white or pink gold cases, fitted with black or brown alligator leather hand straps, and secured with white or pink gold buckles.

IWC Schaffhausen

Recently, IWC has been successfully getting inspired by its long and rich heritage, which translated into revived and revamped timepieces from the brand’s core collections, like the Portuguieser and the Portofino.

The same has applied to its pilot’s watches segment, to which IWC added new timepieces this year. These include: the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch of 1940, the stylish Mark XVIII and the elegant Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36. The number 36 refers to the diameter of the case, which is currently the smallest watch in the collection.

“In 2016, we’re widening our range to include smaller Pilot’s Watches in the entry-level segment, without neglecting our traditional heritage,” Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, said in a statement.

“With our stylish Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII and elegant Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, we’re addressing women and men with slimmer wrists who have a penchant for elegance and understatement,” he added.

With this collection, IWC is introducing the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph, “the first timepiece where a new time zone, including the date, can be set merely by turning the bezel,” Kern explained.

In addition to presenting the new collection, IWC is also bringing its Antoine de Saint Exupéry and the La Petit Prince collections to the fair.

The collection will be available across IWC boutiques from April 2016.

Parmigiani Fleurier

Parmigiani is flaunting the art of ultra-thin watchmaking by bringing an iconic new Tonda 1950 Rose Gold Meteorite to SIHH this year.

The new model is a follow-up from what was previously introduced by the brand during SIHH 2015, but now introduces the rose-gold case, which accentuates the irregular and unpolished beauty of meteorite.

The new model runs an ultra-thin PF 701 calibre that is only 2.6 mm thick. This fine timepiece comes with blue alligator leather straps and an ardillon buckle.

The coming days will reveal even more iconic creations by SIHH’s exhibitors, which will set the tone for this year’s world of horology.